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CL's picks for the week's best shows

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WED/15
AEROSMITH, ZZ TOP
Aerosmith hasn’t released new material in eight years, but coasts on a fine, Stonesy catalog. ZZ Top has been mired in its tinny Eliminator-era guise, but promises a return to “La Grange” on the forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced album. $35-$200. 7:30 p.m. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. 404-443-5000. www.livenation.com. Chris Parker

NATHANIEL BARTLETT A five-octave acoustic marimba centers the dramatic musical world of percussionist/composer Bartlett, immersed within hi-def computer-generated sonic environments. Features first Atlanta performances of "Take Flight" by Wisconsin composer Allan Schindler and Bartlett's own "Sound/Space System.” $7. 9 p.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. Mark Gresham

THURS/16
TODD SNIDER, HOLLY GOLIGHTLY
Dry, sharp-witted troubadour Snider has been slinging out his folk rock for a small but dedicated cult audience since 1994. The prolific Golightly, a headliner in her own right, brings bluesy-breezy, retro-styled, country-inflected folk and pop, for a strong double bill. $22. 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com.
Hal Horowitz
 
FRI/17
BLOODKIN, OLDE DOG, HOLY LIARS
It's comforting to know that Athens still has a few real rock bands in town. Bloodkin has fit the bill for 20 years. The group's new CD is smoking good. Olde Dog and Holy Liars open. Free. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. James Kelly

DIRTY PROJECTORS, ATLAS SOUND
Dirty Projectors is a strange and shimmering avant-garde pop outfit led by songwriter David Longstreth. His approach to pop music meshes naivety with straight-up weirdness. The group is touring behind its latest release, Bitte Orca (Domino Records). Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox also performs under the guise of his Atlas Sound project. $12-$14. 9 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.
Chad Radford

JOE COCKER Woodstock’s 40th anniversary celebrations may just provide the soulful, gravel-voiced Cocker with an unintentional career boost, especially since he typically fills a large part of his current set with material he was playing back in 1969 when he sounded about the same as he does today. $25-$69. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4949. www.classicchastain.com. HH

PETE YORN Yorn’s grown into the hype surrounding his debut, forging an earnest, winning blend of Britpop atmosphere and country-folk jangle. His fourth album benefits from warm production and generally avoids the banal adult contemporary Yorn sometimes evokes. $24-$27. 9 p.m. Center Stage. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.  CP

SASHA & JOHN DIGWEED
While they’ve been almost as successful as solo DJs, it was as a duo that these Brits helped establish the rave scene and electronica in the mid-’90s. Tonight marks the first time in seven years the two have performed together in Atlanta. Kazell opens. $35. Dreamz ATL. 404-477-0707. www.dreamzatl.com. — Jonathan Williams

VHS OR BETA The band’s blend of dancey post-punk and club beats has gained fans in both the indie rock and house music scenes. Tonight, the band’s core duo spins electro house, rock and anything else that gets the crowd moving. Atlanta’s Smiles is also on the bill. $10-$12. The Mark Ultralounge. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com. JW

SAT/18
SACRED HARP SINGING
Hugh McGraw leads this six-hour open event where Sacred Harp singers throughout the Southeast annually flock for traditional shape-note music and a potluck luncheon, with emphasis on participation, curiosity and enthusiasm. Free. 10 a.m. Spivey Hall. 404-297-8398. www.spiveyhall.org/education/. MG

SUN/19
AMY SPEACE, JAY CLARK
Navigating the same waters as Aimee Mann, Speace brings a great lyrical style and rich melodic sensibility to her music. Supported by former Bongo James Mastro, it's good stuff. Clark opens with some interesting twang. $12-$60. 7:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 404-377-4976. www.eddiesattic.com. JK
 
HOOTS & HELLMOUTH Sort of Appalachian, but sort of like the Pogues, Hoots & Hellmouth have managed to blend a number of old-time genres into something new and interesting. Great picking, good songs, perfect for drinking whiskey. Free. 7 p.m. Park Tavern. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com.
JK

TEMPEST WITH JOE GRANSDEN & AUDREY SHAKIR James Rozzi's nine-piece Tempest plays jazz arrangements of big band tunes by Basie and Ellington to the small-ensemble sounds of Coltrane, David and Blakey. The show features smooth-toned Gransden and jazz-blues artist Shakir. Free. 8:30 p.m. Twain's. 404-373-0063. www.twains.net. MG

TUES/21
CONOR OBERST AND THE MYSTIC VALLEY BAND, A.A. BONDY
Oberst has shed precocity and self-indulgence since exchanging his Bright Eyes moniker for his own name and full-time, ’70s Laurel Canyon-inflected folk-rock band. Ex-Verbena frontman A.A. Bondy’s refashioned himself a sensitive, loping blues-folk singer/songwriter as well. $20-$22. 8 p.m. 40 Watt Club, Athens. 706-549-7871. www.40watt.com. CP

KNOT FEEDER, HAWKS, GOLD STANDARD The headline on Knot Feeder’s MySpace page proclaims “We are perfectionists.” They ain’t lying. The band features former Don Caballero guitarist Mike Banfield, playing his mathy, uptight rhythms and complexities within a pop/post-hardcore context. Hawks and Gold Standard open. $7. 8 p.m. 529. 404-228-6769. www.529atl.com. CR

 

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